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. we will be live from pentagon in a minute. >>> and falling from space, wow, pretty cool, at a rate of more than 843 miles per hour, that's how fast dare devil felix baumgartner fell when he jumped from space. the official speed has been released. even faster now than those record keepers thought at first. pretty cool stuff. >>> one of our top stories today at cnn, a secret american drone base somewhere in saudi arabia, now this is according, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an airstrip in the a arabian peninsula. it was hinted it would
. we begin with what is happening tonight at the pentagon. >> i'm barbara starr at the pentagon. defense secretary leon panetta was to be home in california in retirement, but now that congress will not deal with the chuck hagel nomination for another ten days, panetta still is on the job. he will travel to brussels for a nato summit to talk about afghanistan and other security issues. when the summit is over on friday, the big question, does he come back to the pentagon or does he try once again to go home to california? >> i'm poppy harlow in new york and while the markets are closed monday for the presidents' day holiday, but when they reopen tuesday, we will get key earnings and economic reports. the latest existing home sales numbers will come out wednesday which will help us to see if the housing recovery is continuing, because existing home sales account for about 90% of the overall housing market. on the earnings front, we will hear from walmart and marriott and all eyes on dell as the computer maker reports its quarterly numbers. founder michael dell has made a $24 mill
. joining me now is the cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence to talk about the tactics and the military. and how the military may have helped the police spy on this killer despite him hiding underground, also with us victor blackwell in midland city in alabama watching this unfold. victor, first, let me start with you. the standoff stretched for seven days and ended in just a mere matter of minutes. are we getting any more information from officials on why they decided to go in, how they decided to go in, and how they pulled this off? >> reporter: exactly. and this is a blend of both military science and social science. i will leave the military end up to chris. i'll tell you about the other element. we have reached out to the fbi contact, we have been speaking to this week, alabama state police, some sources who were close to the situation. we know this came down to the last 24 hours. and the fbi hostage rescue team, it's more than just the guys who go in to pull the child out. there are behavioral scientists, tactical technicians, the fbi swat, the negotiators, they are all here at th
sitting ducks out there, nine counties. palm, stand by for a moment. barbara starr at the pentagon also has some remarkable information about this suspect's past in the military. barbara, this man knows how to use a rifle. he's been awarded for his marksmanship. >> reporter: that's right. the u.s. navy quickly assembling what records it has on this man. and telling us he was a navy reservist. just until a few days ago, he separated from the naval service. we don't know when the last time is he showed up. but he has shooting expertise. let's go through it. according to navy records, he has been awarded the rifle marksman ribbon and the pistol expert medal. these are awarded for achieving a certain level of shooting accuracy at various distances. let's be clear. the plan is not a navy commander, he's not a navy s.e.a.l. he held a number of jobs as a reservist in navy security operations. in fact, he went to iraq, we are told, and had a job providing military security on iraqi oil platforms, to have that job, it is most likely we are told he did receive some advanced weapons training. you
starting with the man who wants to be in charge at the pentagon. the showdown over chuck hagel's nomination, blocked by republicans until of presidents day break. very rare to filibuster a cabinet pick. i want to show you what john mccain said on fox. he said, there's a lot of ill will towards senator hagel because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly and said he was the worst president since herbert hoover, said the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war. which is nonsense. antihis own party, people don't forget that. is this hagel fight about policy or is it about a political payback? >> this is all about politics. when you listen to that quote from john mccain and you watch the way he and his colleagues conducted themselves, they look like an infomercial for anger management therapy. it was truly nothing more than a grudge match. we have almost 70,000 soldiers in combat in afghanistan representing us, fighting for our country and also protecting each other. we need to have a strong figure coordinating the pentagon. and the tactics that you see mccai
including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. >>> the pentagon is warning today of drastic civilian cutbacks under the automatic budget cuts set for march 1st. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is standing by with more on that story. what are they saying? >> well, you know, fredricka, we've been hearing for weeks about this fancy word around washington called sequester. what are we really talking about? layoffs at the pentagon, cutbacks in military spending, but it is the layoffs that are going to start if this budget cut problem is not solved, if congress cannot avert mandatory spending cuts. what the pentagon did is notify congress, are some 800,000 civilian workers are facing one day of furlough for the next 22 weeks. it is going to start hitting an awful lot of people right in the pocketbook. i want you to have a quick listen to one of the pentagon officials that explained some of the impact today. >> the effects of sequestration and the continuing resolution on our military personnel will be devastating. but on our civilians, it will be catastrophic.
in atlanta. and we will hear about the suspect's military background from barbara starr at the pentagon. paul, to you first. bring us up to speed on the hunts for this ex-cop, his former colleagues describing him as armed and extremely dangerous. >> reporter: that's right, michael. and in fact in his manifesto, he says i have a barrett 50, meaning a semiautomatic sniper rifle. behind me you can see officers are on high alert. not far from here in riverside, california early this morning, dorner is suspected of fatally killing one officer and critically injuring another one, as they were on patrol here in riverside. and then earlier in the morning, in corona, california, some lapd officers, who were assigned to security detail of an officer, who was mentioned in the manifesto and was off duty, these two officers were driving in corona, getting off a freeway, when they believe that dorner opened fire on them. one of those officers suffered from a grazing wound to the forehead. so in all, three separate shooting incidents involving people here. dorner apparently having an ex--military record. wh
of the service. barbara starr is at the pentagon to break this down for us. do we believe this is going to be a very different situation for the military when we see these cuts start to take effect? >> that is what commanders say, the joint chiefs of staff say, suzanne. defense secretary chuck hagel, his second day on the job, and it may be tomorrow that may be the most defining for his tenure. in fact, hagel now set to meet tomorrow with the joint chiefs of staff in the tank here at the pentagon. that highly secure meeting room to talk about all of this. to get the full rundown on what it will mean for u.s. military readiness if these cuts, as expected, go into effect. $46 billion has to come out of defense spending by the end of september. we have a bit of a look-ahead at what to expect tomorrow. some of it, i think, people will have expected the military to cut. things like, you know, the blue angels, the military aerial demonstration teams, some of the commercials for recruiting, congressional junkets on military aircraft that very rapidly it gets into what they believe is the meat
according to the sheriff, he's unemployed. we don't know much more than that. however, our pentagon correspondent barbara starr tells us the suspect is a former marine himself who left the service in 2010 after four years. he served in "operation iraqi freedom" for 12 months from 2007 to 2008 and in haiti after the earthquake and received ten medals, including several for his service in iraq. >> terribly tragic. thank you, susan candiotti in new york. >>> chris kyle was well known to millions of americans. he was the author of the best-selling book "american sniper" and he appeared in the nba reality show "stars earned stripes." nick valencia joins us now. what can you tell us about kyle? >> chris kyle grew up in east texas and big affinity for horses and grew up handling guns for a young age. he went on to be a profific sniper for the navy s.e.a.l.s. he chronicled this in his book "the american sniper." he became infamous among iraqi insurgence. he had killed more than 150 insurgents and, as you mentioned, his legacy lived far beyond the service community. he was known to millions
, if it goes into effect it's going to stay into effect. it will result in loss of jobs. the pentagon, i think last week, said that they were going to lay off 46,000 temporary workers and furlough civilian workers for a day a week for 22 weeks. this is not without effect on real people. the people who want the sequester to go into effect for a while, republicans who say, we'll deal with it, they want to hear complaints from constituents. they want pressure to be put on lawmakers to get their act together. i don't flow if that will work. because it hasn't worked so far. that's the hope. >> so far. eventually perhaps washington will get back to doing it the way it's supposed to be done. the president calling for a temporary fix. thank you r joining us. gloria borger, back in washington. as i turn things over to suzanne malveaux in atlanta. i love the language the president use, modest reforms, that means cuts in social programs, he's willing to do that in exchange for modest tax reforms, he means increases. language always interesting. tell us what's coming ahead. >> appearing reasonable and he'
to clint romesha on monday at the white house. he will be honored at the pentagon on tuesday, after which he will come back here to minot, north dakota and continue with his new job. meanwhile, the war in afghanistan continues, more than 60,000 american service members are right now in that country fighting that war. i'm jake tapper for cnn in minot, north dakota. >>> you are in the cnn newsroom, i'm brianna keilar in for don lemon. we have breaking news tonight, powerful devastating weather in the southern states. this is new video just in to cnn, it was reported by a storm chaser in hattiesburg, mississippi late this afternoon, when an enormous tornado touched the ground and started tearing up the town. we have extensive damage to show you tonight. there are some people hurt, and i will talk with the man who shot this amazing footage in just a few minutes. >>> first, this breaking news to tell you about, thousands of people are stranded after a cruise ship lost power in the gulf of mexico. an engine fire left the carnival triumph without electricity, but we hear it is now operating on e
as the next pentagon chief. >> candy crowley, always good to sue, thanks so much, host of "state of the union" much appreciate it. >> thanks, fred. >>> case against oscar pistorius, we will examine the evidence against the olympic sprinter. >>> and do you love flight delays? i can't imagine that the answer is yes. but just in case, if so, no need to worry about the forced budget cuts. for the rest of us, those cut course cause a hassle at the airport. details ahead. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. and every day since, we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy -- and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. we've shared what we've learned with governments and across the industry so we can all produce energy more safely. i want you to know, there's another commitment bp takes just as seriously: our commitment to america. bp supports nearly two-hundred-fifty thousand jobs in co
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chuck hagel's corn firmation as pentagon chief. what could republicans do? they could filibuster, i hear no signals that that's going to happen. i do not think that opposing the president's choice for a cabinet position is something that republicans want to fight with a filibuster. that's heavy artillery, i'm not sure they want to do, but they will voice their displeasure on the floor. most observers watching this think you're likely to see chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. >> if panetta doesn't serve up the red meat republicans want, could that hold up hagel's confirmation? >> he was out of office during benghazi, what did hold it up, there were republicans who said, until we get the current defense secretary who was around during bengha benghazi, down here in front of these committees, we're not going to confirm chuck hagel. >> what does this mean for the push for gun control measures? >> i think what we can say, watching the president from the time of the new town connecticut shootings, he promised to use the bully pulpit to push this. and he has. i think he will continue to
-bye. and that is precisely what the defense secretary did today in his farewell ceremony. this is just outside the pentagon. he spoke about his challenges his replacement must face. >> you're going to have to continue to deal with rogue states like iran and north korea. we just saw what north korea has done in the last few weeks. a missile test and now a nuclear test. they represent a serious threat to the united states of america. we have got to be prepared to deal with that. >> deal with that, he says. panetta has been leading the pentagon for the last 18 months. but he's been in public service for the last five decades. >>> live this hour, big moment for chuck hagel, the man president obama would like to become the next secretary of defense. the senate armed forces committee holding a vote on hagel's nomination. and while it is likely he will be confirmed, several republicans, they're still putting up a fight. that happens this hour. >>> also, cereal and soda? pepsi introducing a new mountain dew drink for, dare i say, breakfast, calling it kick start. the company says it doesn't consider this an energy
at the pentagon in alexandria, virginia. hagel expected to make remarks later this hour. >>> police released photos wanted for questioning, they say 22-year-old tanesha howard was inside a black suv when shots were fired. her mother says the suspected shooter is the young woman's boyfriend. >>> the star of an iconic anti-smoking ad has died. >> they say nicotine isn't addictive. how can they say that? >> debi austin became famous to are this commercial warning others about the dangers of cigarette smoking. she died friday after a long bat well cancer. >>> the college admissions test known as the s.a.t. is getting a makeover. the college board says the new test will focus more on knowledge and skills high schoolers need to succeed in college. no word on when students will begin taking the new test. >>> talk back today, is it right for dennis rodman to be in north korea? facebook.com/carolcnn or tweet me @carolcnn. i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always watch out for myself. with so much noise about health care... i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get informat
, actually the budget in the pentagon is still going to go up. do republicans risk not being seen as credible? >> i think everybody risks not being seen as credible. this more than many of the crises that we've seen congress and the white house deal with. on that particular issue of republicans in defense, i find it fascinating. i spoke with senator cornyn as some of my colleagues up here about that. and what he was saying is that he was trying to try out his message on us about the fact that republicans should in fact not be saying that the sky's going to fall with regard to defense, it has historically been the most important thing when it comes to budget for the republicans because even if these forced cults go into effect, overall defense spending will go up. there's a split among republicans. if you ask john mccain that, he'll say do not touch defense spending, you to do away with forced cuts. there definitely is what this is exposing is a real tug-of-war within the gop over one of the main goals which is getting rid of the deficit and debt and that means reduce spending everywhere and h
will recommend a cut in pay, a pay cut for active military. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr broke the story. tell us more. >> reporter: carol, this is the ultimate many believe in washington budget politics, cnn has learned indeed secretary panetta is recommending what you might think of as an effective pay cut. let me give you two numbers here. this year, 2013, the pay raise for the active duty military force has been 1.7%. that's tied to complex employment calculation, to 1.7% this year panetta now will recommend only 1% pay raise for next year, 2014. several officials have confirmed this to me. they say it is due to what they call budget uncertainty in washington. this is going to put the ball squarely in congress's court as they contemplate sequestration, the budget cuts, everything we have been talking about for weeks now. will congress vote to cut effectively cut military pay while so many troops are still in combat? carol. >> it boggles the mind. it's not like our military troops are making a whole lot of money. since congress can't get its act together -- it's unbelievable
, of course, working on the force. andy lampry, thank you so much. i need to move to the pentagon as we're getting some news on this story in california. barbara starr, tell me what you're learning about servicemen and women being on alert now. >> absolutely brooke, resonating at the pentagon, this man was a former navy lieutenant in the naval reserves. and now we are told that u.s. navy bases in california and nevada are on, quote, maintaining a heightened security posture, a heightened state of alert as they too are on the lookout for this man. and they do have some reason to know that he has approached the u.s. military in the last few days. a couple of days ago, they learned -- they discovered that he had stayed at a navy motel facility in san diego, and on wednesday he approached two navy sailors at his old unit when he was in the reserves, had a conversation with them, they did not realize they had been talking to dorner until they saw all the news reports. so a lot of concern now, in fact, a day ago, the point loma naval base shut down briefly while they thought he might be there
in an area not known for earthquakes. now the cia and pentagon are trying to learn much, much more about what happened in that test. want to bring in our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. what have we learned from this? tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, you know, as you said, right now the intelligence community, the military, has to figure out what they know, what they suspect happened. think of this as csi north korea but not being able to go to the scene of the crime. what they're looking at is that seismic activity and trying to work their way backwards as to what happened. they believe now that this was, of course, an underground nuclear test, possibly several kilotons. but they need to get better analysis, they need to get air sampling, see what is now released into the atmosphere, and try and assess from all of that what happened. once they know that, the next set of questions, the next part of the investigation, how did north korea pull it off? where did they get help? did they get help? did they have the technology, the engineering expertise, fabrication to really do the
is "usa today's" pentagon reporter. he wrote the article. welcome. >> good morning, carol. >> thanks so much for enlightening us on this issue. this program sends americans to iraq and afghanistan to win hearts and minds. tell us about sexual harassment, racism. outline these problems for us. >> these come in an army investigative report that we were -- we obtained through a freedom of information act request. the harassment seemed pretty gross. it was a contractor at the training base making really untoward comments toward the women. eventually, he was fired. that was documented. as well as racism. there was a white soldier who was referring to a section of the program and saying it was a ghetto because it had black people in it. that soldier was disciplined. >> yet some of the members of this group, with all the problems, were making more money than the secretary of defense? >> that's the most disturbing problem. it regards time sheet padding, and it was encouraged, apparently, according to the documents we found. these people were saying they routinely worked 84-hour weeks, billing f
spending as well as in the pentagon and there are a lots of people on both sides of the aisle for different reasons who believe, you know what, that's not such a terrible thing. so the default setting, despite what we heard about the tsa lines and all the rest, may be pretty palletable to some. and it shows you how far the dysfunction in washington has come since they came up with this plan a couple of years ago. >> now, on the dysfunction angle, look, the last time we talked about something sort of similar was fiscal cliff in december, the last congress. now we have new members of congress. my question now is how is the republican party different? >> well, this is the most interesting part of this. i think the white house made a calculation when this whole idea was hatched that the republican party would never go for draconian cuts on military spending. and what occurred in the republican party is that you have a group of younger members who believe in budget cutting above all else, and are willing to take the hits in the pentagon so long as you get hits in domestic spending and so long as
cuts will hit the pentagon and other federal agencies starting march 1st. that is friday. president's new warning came at a shipyard in virginia, that builds submarines for the pentagon. >> because of these automatic cuts, about 90,000 virginians who work for the department of defense would be forced to take unpaid leave from their jobs. so that's money out of their pockets. money out of their paychecks. and then that means there is going to be a ripple effect on thousands of other jobs and businesses and services throughout the commonwealth. because if they don't have money in their pockets, less money in their pockets, that means they're less able to afford to buy goods and services from other businesses. >> house speaker john boehner countered today that the president's not focused on a solution, but wants to travel the country and merely score political points. the president wants to replace those across the board spending cuts with the mix of cuts and higher taxes on wealthy. republicans say they're finished raising taxes. >>> now, to some of the hottest stories in a flash. we
of him, taking the oath of office. this is a private ceremony at the pentagon today. the former republican senator from nebraska then spoke to service members and civilian employees. >> to be part of your team who you are is the honor. that's the great privilege. >> hagel also took note of the automatic spending cuts going into effect friday, saying the defense department has a lot of challenges ahead. >>> more disturbing details in the trial of the new york police officer accused of planning to kidnap, cook, and eat women, including his own wife. an fbi agent read a transcript of e-mails and chats between this police officer, his name is gilberto valle, and a buddy of his. look at this. the agent says valle directed his buddy to a video of a female friend, clad in a bikini saying, quote, i'd like to have her arm on a barbecue. and, quote, i'm dying to taste some girl meat. his buddy later chatted back, face meat is, quote, great for sandwiches. valle's attorney says his client had no intentions of killing women. more on that case next hour. >>> now this, see this in the spotlig
tomorrow night. these are at the pentagon as to education and transportation and cuts to the justice department and the irs. you name it. they were designed to be so harmful that congress would have to find some other way, some smarter way to reduce the deficit. well, we are. let's talk about education today. >> i can't r can't you how troubling it is to me and how angry it makes me feel. they are starting to come back a little bit and my graduation rates are up a little bit and nowhere near where we need to be. we need to not take a step backwards. >> matt is our education secretary and not at all happy. let me bring in the president of the american federation of teachers. nice to see you again. under the circumstances for you, secretary duncan said as a nation, we see ourselves losing 40,000 teachers. if and when this goes through, will the jobs be gone forever? >> this is what is about the federal budget cuts? a really, really big on top of the last years having huge cuts in the localities. we lost 4,000 teachers. >> and the work that the folks do will be cut. they are the ones wh
comes as the pentagon is trying to deal with looming automatic spending cuts. >> this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe. >> panetta also warned that 800,000 civilian workers could be furloughed for 22 days. >>> drones, they aren't just for tracking and attacking terrorists in, say, afghanistan, anymore. more cities and states are using the unmanned aircraft to snoop on criminals. and there are fears among some that the drones will become as pervasive as surveillance cameras watching and recording each and every move we make. now, charlottesville, virginia, has become the very first city in the country to pass an anti-drone resolution. this is the headline here. but there is so much more to this story. let me bring in my guest. we have kristen sackish, the vice mayor of charlottesville. and john whitehead, the president of the rutherford institute, civil liberties. welcome to both of you. john, let me begin wi
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